Buzzard Point Marina set to close as part of Waterfront redevelopment

The National Park Service intends to redevelop for public use the park where Buzzard Point Marina has stood since the 1950's. Public hearings for impute from interested parties begin this spring. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The National Park Service intends to redevelop for public use the park where Buzzard Point Marina has stood since the 1950s. Public hearings for impute from interested parties begin this spring. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
"Buzzard Point [Marina] provides the lowest coast for boat owners anywhere in the D.C. area," said Richard Henry of Oxon, Hill. Henry says slip costs can be two to three times more expensive elsewhere. He intends to bring his boat to a marina near the Rt. 301 Nice Bridge in Southern Maryland. (WTOP/Kristi King)
“Buzzard Point [Marina] provides the lowest coast for boat owners anywhere in the D.C. area,” said Richard Henry of Oxon, Hill. Henry says slip costs can be two to three times more expensive elsewhere. He intends to bring his boat to a marina near the Rt. 301 Nice Bridge in southern Maryland. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Boat owner Jean Francios Orsini says he’s not allowed to repair his boat at the marina and it’s not in good enough shape to sell. He wanted to donate it to the marina manager, but she doesn’t want it. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Some boat owners vacating Buzzard Point Marina have enjoyed being able to store boat trailers also on the property. The marina pictured in the far distance like many others doesn't offer that option. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Some boat owners vacating Buzzard Point Marina have enjoyed being able to store boat trailers also on the property. The marina pictured in the far distance like many others doesn’t offer that option. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Buzzard Point Marina concessioner and manager Christine Barna of Buzzard Point Boatyard Corporation is frustrated by what she perceives as a lack of communication from the park service regarding shut down procedures. A U.S. Park Service spokeswoman tells WTOP a letter with information for boat owners failing to vacate the property are going out Monday afternoon. Property gates are supposed to be locked at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Buzzard Point Marina concessioner and manager Christine Barna of Buzzard Point Boatyard Corporation is frustrated by what she perceives as a lack of communication from the park service regarding shut down procedures. A U.S. Park Service spokeswoman tells WTOP a letter with information for boat owners failing to vacate the property are going out Monday afternoon. Property gates are supposed to be locked at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Some boat owners especially like the marina’s humble vibe. "We don't have a [yacht] club, for example. We have a soda machine," Jean Francios Orsini said. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Some boat owners especially like the marina’s humble vibe. “We don’t have a [yacht] club, for example. We have a soda machine,” Jean Francios Orsini said. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
Christine Barna of Buzzard Point Boatyard Corporation managed the marina. She now has 30 days to collect her belongings and remove her houseboat from the property. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Christine Barna of Buzzard Point Boatyard Corporation managed the marina. She now has 30 days to collect her belongings and remove her houseboat from the property. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
When gates lock at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday the National Park Service will allow boat owners three days during the first two weeks in March to access and remove remaining boats without penalty. (WTOP/Kristi King)
When gates lock at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday the National Park Service will allow boat owners three days during the first two weeks in March to access and remove remaining boats without penalty. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
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The National Park Service intends to redevelop for public use the park where Buzzard Point Marina has stood since the 1950's. Public hearings for impute from interested parties begin this spring. (WTOP/Kristi King)
"Buzzard Point [Marina] provides the lowest coast for boat owners anywhere in the D.C. area," said Richard Henry of Oxon, Hill. Henry says slip costs can be two to three times more expensive elsewhere. He intends to bring his boat to a marina near the Rt. 301 Nice Bridge in Southern Maryland. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Some boat owners vacating Buzzard Point Marina have enjoyed being able to store boat trailers also on the property. The marina pictured in the far distance like many others doesn't offer that option. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Buzzard Point Marina concessioner and manager Christine Barna of Buzzard Point Boatyard Corporation is frustrated by what she perceives as a lack of communication from the park service regarding shut down procedures. A U.S. Park Service spokeswoman tells WTOP a letter with information for boat owners failing to vacate the property are going out Monday afternoon. Property gates are supposed to be locked at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Some boat owners especially like the marina’s humble vibe. "We don't have a [yacht] club, for example. We have a soda machine," Jean Francios Orsini said. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Christine Barna of Buzzard Point Boatyard Corporation managed the marina. She now has 30 days to collect her belongings and remove her houseboat from the property. (WTOP/Kristi King)
When gates lock at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday the National Park Service will allow boat owners three days during the first two weeks in March to access and remove remaining boats without penalty. (WTOP/Kristi King)

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service intends to lock the gates to Buzzard Point Marina at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. But as the deadline loomed Monday afternoon, more than 20 boat owners had yet to remove their vessels.

The Marina entrance is located at V and Half streets Southwest, south of the Frederick Douglass Bridge and on a peninsula where the Anacostia and Potomac rivers meet.

Boat owners who haven’t vacated Buzzard Point Marina cite many reasons: a lack of available options, difficulty in obtaining boat inspections needed to move into a new marina and financial hardship related to fixing up a boat to pass inspection and or to rent a new, more expensive boat slip.

Boat owner Jean Francios Orsini told WTOP that no nearby marinas can accommodate his need to store his boat’s trailer. He doesn’t want to park the trailer or the boat on neighborhood streets.

Orsini intended to give away his boat to the concessioner that just lost its contract to manage the Buzzard Point marina, but Christine Barna of Buzzard Point Boatyard Corporation said she can’t take it.

Now that the contract with NPS has expired, Barna has 30 days to move or sell the houseboat she lived on while managing the property. She’s not sure which will happen.

Letters were being sent out Monday afternoon to tell slip holders what will happen once gates to the marina are locked, NPS spokeswoman Emily Linroth tells WTOP.

Boat owners will be given access to the marina to remove their property without penalty on March 5, March 9, and March 12.

When the NPS and the Buzzard Point Marina concessioner jointly notified slip holders in late August that they’d need to move, the letter included contact information and available slips for other marinas in the area — one of which is James Creek, a stone’s throw from Buzzard Point, Lintoth said.

Closing Buzzard Park Marina so the park can be redeveloped by the National Park Service is one more step reflecting an evolving Southwest D.C. waterfront. There’s the waterside Yards Park and boardwalk near the Nationals Park baseball stadium.

Construction cranes dominate blocks near the Maine Avenue Fish Market. D.C. plans to build a new D.C. United soccer stadium on Buzzard Point.

The NPS and a multidisciplinary planning and design firm will work with interested parties to explore options for the park’s future, Linroth said.

Public meetings will be held this spring.

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